Q: My great-aunt died at age 95. She had sold many of her antiques but kept her favorites for her family. Among the things she saved were several Canton china plates. This is the one she left me. Could you please identify the pattern and suggest a value?
A: The plate your great-aunt left you is not a piece of Canton china. In fact, it was not made in China at all. The pattern was registered in England in 1845. The pattern name is Peking, which may be included in the marks on the back of the plate. An identical plate, pictured in a book on English Flow Blue china (dishes with transfer-printed and slightly smudged blue patterns), is marked with the pattern name and an early English registry mark. Your plate would sell for about $75.